Local Bookstores Closing up Shop


POSTED: Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 4:34pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 8:25am

Next time you stop by the mall in Harlingen or Brownsville don’t expect to be taking home a new book to read. That’s because Waldenbooks stores in both Valle Vista Mall and Sunrise Mall will be closing down.

“It’s a sad time really,” says Executive Director of the Brownsville Literacy Center Victor Rivera. “We rely on their donations so we can provide books for our children.”

Since inception, the Brownsville Literacy Center has helped serve over 15,000 people and relies heavily on donations from local bookstores.

“When people go into Waldenbooks the sales person will ask if they want to make a contribution or purchase a book for the literacy center,” says Rivera.

There is no set date on when both Waldenbooks stores will close, but Borders plans to have all national bookstores phased out by this September. Rivera hopes to receive extra support from citizens to combat the loss of Waldenbooks donations.

“Without Waldenbooks we will need to seek other means to get donations,” says Rivera. “It's very convenient to purchase online but there is nothing like holding a book and flipping through the pages.”

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